The short version: Mom. Wife. B2B technology copywriter. Runner. CrossFitter. Inflexible yogi. Cat “owner.” Latte addict. City girl. Californian by birth, Texan by choice. ACTION Personal Trainer.
I spent the first 33 years of my life being the anti-athlete. In high school, I was captain of the (cigarette) smoking team. (I quit smoking in college.) I went right from college to a series of sedentary desk jobs. I “dieted” (calorie counting, Slim Fast) and “exercised” (walking, DVDs) to keep my weight in check. For a while, before my son was born, I got very into yoga, and I was attending class twice a week and going for walk/runs. After he was born, I tried to revive my practice.
But things changed, as they often do.
In 2011, my second child, a daughter, was born. As I held her in the hospital, I knew a lot had to change in my life. I didn’t want her to see me counting calories and hating exercise and viewing it as a means to an end. I wanted her to see me living a healthy lifestyle. At the time, I was also making a huge, huge career shift (also so that I could be happy). So two weeks after she was born, we started going for walks around the neighborhood together, drinking in the warm spring air. I started eating more whole grains and leafy greens and less processed food. Six weeks after she was born, my doctor cleared me to exercise, and I started doing the Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 DVD (and following along with the plan). One day, I noticed indentations below my ribs.
So Then the Running Started
I started taking strength and conditioning classes, and that’s where I got the idea to start running. A bunch of the people there had finished the Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race, and I thought that sounded like such a fun time. I completed my first Rugged Maniac in September 2012. In October 2012, I ran my first 5K, and in March 2014, I ran my first half marathon.
Today, I love training. I love running. I love half marathons. And I love lifting, which has kept me injury-free and made me feel strong. I can heft 40-pound bags of cat litter into my car and scoop up a wiggly toddler.
Apparently, I’m now an athlete. It’s an odd feeling to hear the announcement before a race, “Athletes, last call to line up,” and I’m standing in the corral, and they’re talking about me.
Why Run Out of the Box? Do You Do CrossFit?
This blog evolved from an obsession with subscription boxes; I started reviewing the beauty boxes but quickly found the health and fitness subscription boxes and the workout wear subscriptions. I started writing about running and health and fitness, including posting product reviews and recipes. I also like to share bits of my journey, hoping that it inspires someone along the way. I started running at 33. It’s never too late.
But to answer the question, yes, I do CrossFit. I did my first WOD at Reebok CrossFit One, and I immediately knew that I wanted to continue with CrossFit. I joined a box at the beginning of August 2015, and muscles I didn’t know I have hurt. But I love it: the 3, 2, 1…GO! before every WOD, the feeling of accomplishment when I PR a lift, knowing that I’m stronger today than yesterday.